Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Kim Davis Is Not a Patriot

The gathering of Davis’ supporters and their anti-American signs are no different from the “Death to America” rallies we see in some foreign countries (Additional info about presidential contenders Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal, Paul and Walker has been published here.) Time.com … Continue reading

Goshen, Indiana is a flashpoint in LGBT rights fight

Battle in small town signals upcoming statewide debate How a small Indiana city became a gay rights battleground IndyStar.com By Stephanie Wang 8/3/15 GOSHEN — In a cradle of conservatism about 150 miles northeast of Indianapolis, a powerful lobbyist stood … Continue reading

Indiana must find a way to deal with big issues

State must find a way to deal with big issues The Indianapolis Star By John Ketzenberger 5/10/15 It already seems like an eon has passed since the Indiana General Assembly called it quits on a tumultuous session just 10 days … Continue reading

The Utah way: Religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws

Deseret News
By Dennis Romboy
4/1/15

Utah, Indiana religious freedom laws not alike

SALT LAKE CITY — Cheers rang out when Utah passed a religious freedom and anti-discrimination bill last month.

SB296 drew praise from a wide range of groups in the state and across the country, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.

But in Indiana, a newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act has drawn resounding jeers.
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The Ind’pls Star: “…more cities are considering their own protections of LGBT rights at the local level…”

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS

Measures to protect locally are weak

Ordinances ‘lack teeth,’ are almost unenforceable, experts across state say

The Indianapolis Star
Stephanie Wang
4/5/15

In the absence of a state law banning discrimination against gays and lesbians — and in the explosive wake of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy — more cities are considering their own protections of LGBT rights at the local level.

Although Marion County and 10 other Hoosier communities already have local nondiscrimination ordinances that include sexual orientation, experts say such protections can be so weak that they are virtually unenforceable.
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The 8 days since “Religious Freedom” passage March 26th: ANALYSIS & REFLECTION

Today the Indianapolis Star published a six page spread examining the multi-faceted upheavel that was triggered by the Indiana Legislature upon the original passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act when signed by Governor Mike Pence on March 26, 2015.
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